James Anderson headed for a rehab stint with Toros

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AT&T CENTER — Spurs Head Coach Gregg Popovich announced before the team’s game against the Denver Nuggets that injured forward James Anderson would see his first game action with the Austin Toros when he becomes fully healthy.

“This coming week he’s going to be going one-on-one and two-on-two and three-on-three and that kind of thing,” Coach Pop said. “I think toward the end of the week or sometime the following week he goes down to the D-League.”

Coach Pop said that Anderson would spend “a couple of weeks” in Austin before joining up with the Spurs again.

Anderson has been injured with a stress fracture in his right foot since November 11. He has appeared only six games this season.

  • Hobson13

    Anderson is only going to the Toros to get back into game shape. It will be interesting to see what he does after a few games. I bet once he is in game shape he drops 25+ points on teams. Glad we are getting one of the best rookies in the league back. He can spell Manu and RJ for a few minutes every night.

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  • betsyduncan

    Nice move.

  • SAJKinBigD

    Bring on NEO! About how many games do you think he’ll get down there? I agree, he’ll drop 25+ fairly easily once he’s back on point, but I’m more concerned with him shutting down his man offensively.

  • http://48minutesofhell.com Andrew A. McNeill

    @ SAJKinBigD

    Coach Pop said a couple of weeks, so I’d guess somewhere in the 2-5 game range. Depends on when he’s actually sent down, etc.

  • Matt in OC

    Splitter is blowing it.

    That TO early was classic neglected big man trying to get his, the he misses an easy bucket.

    What? 1 pt – 1 red?

    Cmon man…..

  • Matt in OC

    Put back, drawn charge, nice screen for Manu.

    Working my reverse jinx magic here…

    Keep going Tiago

  • Colin

    I like Anderson. He is exactly the type of player who fits the Spurs system. Hopefully we’ll be able to get him back to count on 10-15 solid minutes/game come playoff time.

  • Hunter

    Good. i say since were having a great season we keep anderson on the d-league and have him keep working on rehabilitating that injury until he is 100 percent ready to go. its more important to have a good healthy player later then a decent banged-up guy now

  • rj

    good move. he’s going to punish the d-league and get his legs back. i think anderson can still earn a spot in the rotation by playing solid defense and hitting threes. pop praised him for being a quick learner and expects him to pick up where he left off. if we can keep manu from playing mintues at sf, we will be in good shape. ya’ll see tiago eat sh**t? yikes……

  • grego

    He’s definitely back as the back up small forward if he does anything close to what he brought before he got injured.

    There have been games where the Spurs have lacked his size/athleticism.

  • SAJKinBigD

    I cannot wait to see Neo back in Silver and Black!
    I was really hoping the Toros would be playing up here in the Dallas area against Dallas’ D-League team while Neo was with them, but that’s not in the cards. :(
    Oh, well.
    I agree with you, grego, they have missed him and hopefully he gets into the swing quickly and fits in as seemlessly as he did to start the season!

  • Gebo

    Coach Pop is High on Anderson. After seeing him every day in training camp, Pop played him 27 minutes in the season opener. For a coach that is highly sceptical of rookies, that is a shocking number of minutes. If Anderson does well in the D-League, in practice, and in his scrub spots he will get a real chance at rotation minutes. I think Pop sees something in him that he really likes.

  • jason

    I read that a recent mri showed his stress fracture “completely healed” so my sense of it is that the spurs really took their time in letting anderson heal. Hopefully our patience pays off.